• The Masquerading Magician

  • An Accidental Alchemist Mystery
  • By: Gigi Pandian
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2,822 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Deciphering an ancient alchemy book is more difficult than Zoe Faust bargained for. She'd much rather be gardening and exploring her new hometown of Portland, Oregon - but time is running out for living gargoyle Dorian Robert-Houdin. If Zoe isn't able to unlock an unusual alchemy book's secrets soon, the French gargoyle will remain awake but trapped in stone forever.

When Zoe gives herself a rare night out to attend a classic magic show, she realizes the stage magicians are much more than they seem. A murder at the theater leads back to a string of unsolved robberies and murders in Portland's past - and a mystery far more personal than Zoe and Dorian ever imagined.

©2016 Gigi Pandian (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Redundancy Abounds!!!

Each of the three books offers an interesting story BUT the repetition of back story, to do lists, possible repercussions, her thoughts, age, etc. are sooo annoying. In a series, it is necessary to cover some of the same ground, but this author goes beyond bringing us up to speed. Does she have no faith that her readers can remember what was said on the previous page or in even the previous paragraph? By the third book, I was commenting - out loud - that I didn't need to hear EVERY aspect of the story AGAIN and again. I'm not sure I'll finish the third book because I'm tired of hearing the same thing over and over while making so little progress forward in the actual story. The book could be half or even a third as long if properly edited.

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Garbage

If you liked the first book in this series then you should just quit while you're ahead. This one is bad. Really bad. Bad story, bad writing, bad everything. The plot is disjointed and it never comes together. I think the author must have been making it up as she went along. The actual story could have been told in about a third of the time, and the rest is just the author repeating the same details over and over again. I fast forwarded through the last 10 chapters and was still disappointed at how slow the story moved. I would give the story zero stars if I could. It's read well though...so that's something I guess.

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Interesting Premise, but enough with Vegan thing

Any additional comments?

I think the premise of both books is quite good, but I am NOT interested in hearing about her Vegan beliefs if I am reading a mystery. Performance comes across as "holier-than-thou", which is part writer's fault and part narrator. Would I read a third book? Good question, I probably would, because they are obviously going to France to save Dorian, but PLEASE, you've made your point about the Vegan lifestyle. Both books would be novellas (but very good novellas) without the New Age / Vegan propaganda. Yes, I do eat veggies - on the side, with a steak!

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student

Felt a bit like a junior novel or like she had to keep repeating things because I was a 100 n couldn't remember anything. Then they were the history lessons, although interesting felt like I was a student.

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Still enjoyable - but lazy writing

Too much repetition of plot line from 1st book and lots of dumbing things down - like repeating the obvious and repeating the same phrases over and over.

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Sophomore Slump, but Enjoyable if you liked first

Would you listen to The Masquerading Magician again? Why?

Probably not. It lacked that sense of wonder and awe I got from the world and character building of the first book. The best parts of this one were when the world building continued, but too much of the story got hung up on what turned out to be a time consuming plot with little pay-off.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Discovering more about the main characters backstories was definitely the best part.

What does Julia Motyka bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Julia does voices really well.

Any additional comments?

It was a noticeable step down from the first book, but the ending still has me excited about the next one.

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just ok

not quite as good as the first book. I love the narrator, the story itself is lacking.

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What happened to Gigi here?

I've read/listened to several of Gigi Pandian's books. This one, however, was sluggish, with so much repetition of the facts, that it was boring and I listened to several other books before going back to regretfully finishing it. It's disturbing that a female major character is so whiny, depressed, insecure and with such a lack of personal pride as to live the way she does. Please give this character a lift at some point (when does Anything good happen to her?).

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Stupid Stupid Vegan Protagonist

Couldn't take much more of the main character making such stupid decisions. And it's obvious the author is an extreme vegan - trying to make us all believe we all should be Vegan - if that were true, vegans wouldn't need to take supplements .
If the story were better , I could have overlooked this.

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Good story but repeating past facts over and over felt like she was writing to someone with memory problems.

Good story but repeating past facts over and over felt like she was writing to someone with memory problems. I had to stop listening from the annoyance a few times before I finished the book.

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  • Kwakkers
  • 10-10-21

Really enjoyed listening to this

I read some other reviews before moving on to this book to decide if I needed to know more. So was ready to be a bit disappointed after reading this book was “worth getting through to get to book 3”, am pleased to say however, I don’t agree, I enjoyed it & am now moving on to book 3. Great characters with a little bits of amusing traits & idiosyncrasies

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  • Mum relaxing
  • 10-23-21

ok

the core story is good and I enjoyed book one but this one doesn't really go anywhere. The plot is unbelievable and takes ages to progress. I won't bother with book 3

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  • S M Bates
  • 11-14-21

enjoyable story

Love the story line. intrigue and mystery . narrator is good easy to listen to.

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  • Dimitrios Ntagias
  • 10-11-21

A magical cozy mystery

Excellent narration, all the food descriptions made me very hungry and the accents were solid.

Nicely written and well researched without taking itself too seriously. I really enjoyed this, and was left feeling contented and cozy.

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  • allichristie
  • 11-14-21

Engaging, thoughtful & love love love

This book is truly a joy to listen to and one that will cause you to want to find out more!

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  • claresuttle
  • 11-07-21

A worthy sequel

I adored the first book and had to continue the adventures of Zoe and the adorable Dorian!! Really enjoyed this one as well and now going to dive into the third book. Nice, easy listening with humour and pathos. Recommend!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-21

Great when driving!

loved it! got really into Dorian,and Zoe's battle to help him. Great when driving from pt to pt. Long live the NHS!

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  • joanie
  • 11-11-21

simply brilliant

excellent narration of a beautifully crafted book. can't wait to hear the next in the series.

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  • Lynne
  • 11-06-21

Another great listen

A great listen, wonderful characterization and brilliantly performed. I get lost in the story so it's a great accompaniment to housework!

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  • Ghostcat
  • 10-10-21

Gargoyles

I loved it , Julia Motyka certainly brings the characters to life and I can hardly wait to Listen to the next book.

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  • annelan
  • 12-14-21

Most enjoyable. Characters and the stories.

Totally love the stories and the characters have depth. The Narrator could read the Dictionary to me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-15-22

this is a fabulous series

such an enspiring story ,makes me want to eat healthy and cook.its interesting twists n turns are all consuming captivating and I couldn't stop listening until it was over.Then straight away to the next book .The reader has a beautiful romantic way of speaking .truly beautiful and fun.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-24-22

addictive

loved the whole story. the imagination and suspense. cant wait to listen to the 3rd book